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Attitudes toward college in the U.S. 2018

Attitudes toward college among parents and students in the U.S. in 2018

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Release date

August 2018


United States

Survey time period

April 20 to May 25, 2018

Number of respondents

1,907 respondents

Age group

18-24 years

Special properties

957 parents of undergraduate students ages 18-24 and 950 undergraduate students ages 18-24

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

Multiple answers were possible.
Values show only the respondents that strongly agree with the following statements:
*American Dream: A college education is part of the American Dream
**Stretch financially: I am willing to stretch myself financially to obtain the best opportunity for my/my child's future.
***Invest future: College is an investment in my/my child's future.
****Social/intellectual experience: I would go/send my child to college for the intellectual and social experience regardless of whether I/my child earned more money with a college degree.
*****Degree important: Having a college degree is more important now than it used to be.
******Earn more: I wanted/wanted my child to attend college because I/my child will earn more money with a college degree.

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